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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Troyone on 02-28-2009

36 IBU
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Ratings: 318 | Reviews: 129
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this during a layover at an airport in Washington DC. I was happy to see a Gordon Biersch at the airport as I've never had it in New York. I was also surprised to see that a company that pays so close attention to German styles would make a czech pilsner.

Appearance was very clear, nice active carbonation. Color was typical of a pilsner.

Aroma was a little bready but not much there.

Flavor was nice and refreshing. I thought it was typical of the style but I had been hoping for the more bitey flavor of a German Pilsner.

Overall I liked this beer with the caveats mentioned above.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped BOTTLED ON: 04/19/11.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow-orange body. Pours two finger loose rocky white head with good stick and decent to low retention.

Smell - Almost no smell. Faint sweet corn.

Taste - Dry and musky corn and hay. Faint honey sweetness appears here and there but is almost absent. Tastes stale.

Mouthfeel - Some metallic astringency. Light bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Unrefreshing. Mostly bland and offers almost only off-characters in the profile. May be a bottle past its prime, because usually this brewery has gotten pretty good scores from me.

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are that it will be mundane.

A: Four finger head of nice cream, nice thickness, and very good retention - though the ABV is merely average. Colour is a clear yellow-copper.

Sm: Pleasantly handled barley and lively cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Generic cream and standard barley. Not a whole lot going on here. It isn't even really that refreshing. The cream is pleasant and welcome, however. It's just very simple and boring. It's balanced I guess.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Nicely creamy, but the smoothness is so artificial it's hard to appreciate. Sort of suits the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but simple and of limited quality. I wouldn't have it again, except maybe to have it on draught.

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 10/22/11 notes. Had on tap at the DC location.

a - Pours a hazy pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, floral notes, and wheat. Pretty bland and not much going on here.

t - Tastes of grain and bready malts. Lightly musty notes as well. Again, pretty average and bland.

m - Light to medium and low carbonation.

o - Overall an average pilsener. Not much in the nose or the taste at all, but pretty easy to drink. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of codfeast
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Clear gold, thin head, minimal lacing.

S: Straight forward big malt, grains, hops.

T: Much like to smell, nice malty start, hints of grains, and grass gives way to the hops for a bitter backend.

M: crisp, medium carbination, and body. Nice dry finish cleans everything out for the following sip.

O: Refreshing and easy drinking. Strikes a nice balance between the malt and the hops. Good beer for a warm evening, especially given the price.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Czech Pilsner at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a clear golden with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was common of Czech Pilsners grain, hops, etc. The taste was powering with grain and hops....very smooth. The grain and malt was balanced nicely with hops and the beer came off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, just a touch of sweetness. Taste is crisp, grainy, some malts, a little bit bitter at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of ferrari29
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a tall Pilsener shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a clear golden colored body; well-carbonated; forms a nice one finger sized white head, but doesn't seem to hold very well; would get more style points, but kind of looks very thin, even for a Pilsener

S - Grain and corn; basic malt scents of toast; touch of rose, almost floral, nose to it; some sweet sugary notes to it also; lager airiness

T - Straight lager airiness; flat with slight bitter taste; not much bite; corn and some other grains; touch of sweetness at the start of the sip

M - Crisp and refreshing; slight hop bitter aftertaste, but lingers much longer and becomes more profound as time passes

D - Overall I'm not very crazy about this beer; I would pass if I had another stab at this; probably not something to brag about, but wouldn't hurt to have if you invite guests over who aren't that familiar with craft brews

Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Gordon Biersch, Broomfield, CO

Poured a clear, straw-yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma of pale/pils malts, hay, and light floral hops. Taste is light with subdued pils malts and an underlying metallic sensation, lightly hopped. Weak but balanced at least. Very light mouthfeel, somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. A drinkable beer for the unadventurous, but just not my style.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrives from the tap with quarter finger thick, lightly tanned, pale head. The beer is a clear, rich gold color with a touch of red tinges to it; in the light it is quite amazingly brilliantly clear with a deep gold color. The beer smells hay like and herbal with a touch of wild flower like character to it even. There is a hint of lemon zest here from the hops and this is accentuated by just a hint of honey like malt character.

The beer has a brisk, but not aggressive carbonation to it, this couples with a nice bitting bitterness that lingers in the finish for quite some time. Towards the middle and finish the bitterness couples with an herbaceous hop flavor that leans towards lemon zest at the front of each sip. Once again it is a bit on the warm side for the serving temperature of a typical Czech Pilsner, though this beer is made well enough that this only helps to accentuate the wholesome hop and malt flavors; still I can’t help but wish that this didn’t start out a bit colder (even 45*F would have been good), prior to warming up to this temperature (my guess is that this was served close to 60*F).

Despite the serving temperature issue, this beer is still quite nice and enjoyable. It seems that the DC installation can brew a pretty good version of this beer as I am certainly enjoying this beer. I have a feeling that I would be enjoying this quite a bit more if it had been initially served at a cooler temperature (even if I am enjoying this beer anyway).

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at AT&T Park, in San Francisco.

My impression of Gordon Biersch has always been that they're an average brewpub chain, and indeed this pilsner has a very average look to it. (Then again, what else to expect from the world's most conventional beer style?) It is a stock yellow colour, perfectly clear complexion, with little bubbles and a fine white head that increases with agitation.

The smell too is average, with minimal hoppiness and an assertively bready maltiness that let's you know you're in for something perfectly ordinary. It smells much as most mainstream lagers do, albeit without the fouling adjuncts. Still, even minus the corn-y tint, it's no more pleasurable - just a simple, standard smelling beer that'd be recognizable to anyone.

I'm glad the brewer ensured that lots of the bready, pale malt flavour would shine through - if only he did the same for the hops. As it stands this beer is terribly undistinguished which, although not such a bad thing for the other 42,999 people at the ballpark this evening, is a bit middling for me. I was hoping for just a little bit more character with my $9.75 pint.

Still, I'll happily take this over mass-marketed swill any day. It is refreshing, agreeable even as it looses its chill and the malts are easily discerned as undiluted - heck, there's even a bit of earthy hop bitterness after all! Plus it made a quenching accompaniment to a ballpark dog, an order of garlic fries and lazy summer evening baseball - what else can be asked of it?

If you like mainstream commercial lagers, there's no way you won't enjoy this (if you're the type who sorts through reviews on Beer Advocate chances are you already know exactly how much you'll enjoy this). Bottom line: Gordon Biersch Czech Pilsner is far from the epitome of the style but it's better than many others on the market and, in a pinch, will do just fine.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a rich golden hue with a two finger-thick white head that slowly settles to a nice centimeter-thick froth on the surface. Carbonation is lively and head retention is above average.

S: slightly "Euro" up front, with some floral hop notes, along with some bready, honey malt undertones.

T: Very crisp up front with some fruity notes, along with cracker and sweet honey. Hops lend a floral character, along with a slightly bitter, dry finish.

Notes: This is a solid pils. Light to moderate in body, with a crisp, dry finish. Not one of my favorite brews of this style, but very drinkable nonetheless. Definitely a good brew for a long Summer afternoon doing yard work.

Photo of Inflames
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times before, always felt it was drinkable but not worth getting excited about. Since my first experience with Czech pils I've had other true Czechs and some American attemps.
6 weeks old from the bottle
Pours clear-straw color, with little to no head. Has the scent of old file drawers and early mouring mash-ins. Taste is a doughy, post saaz induced spicyness. This beer is dry and partially tart,(makes it hard to stop drinking)
If it weren't for the the lingering malty flavor I would skip this brew. I find this interpritation to be similar to the true style but not enough to make me a full time GBCSP drinker.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Classic pilsener look: Golden straw color, bright white two finger head, nice lacing.

Aroma is pleasant. Lightly sweet malty nose, with juts of herbal hops.

Lightly bitter, herbal, spicy hops, with some sweet malt tones. Not bad at all.

The feel is decent, sort of slick, could be crisper and more refreshing.

Overall, a fairly standard Czech Pils worthy to have as a stand by on a hot day.

Photo of WJVII
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in pilsner glass this brew had a 2 finger clean white head with noticeable carbonation settling into a thin white cap. The aroma was doughy and had a nice what aroma with a slight hop presence. The taste was clean and crisp which is what I like and expect in a czech pilsner. The light body and clean malt taste was finished with a moderate hop flavor that was very delicious. This was a good example of the style and the better of the two brews I had at the location I visited.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- nice golden color. A nice,full foamy 1/3 inch head forms. A ring of lacing forms around the side of the glass. Looks clean, and fresh. Light carbonation bubbles rise quickly to the top of the glass. After a few minutes the head dissipates leaving a light ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: I immediately notice spicy hops. Also hints of earth and grass. There is a full flavored smacking of bread and toasted biscuit malts. Some butter smell. Some eaters and alcohol phenols are present. Strong hop presence with a mild bitterness.

Taste: Begins spicy, then turns a buttery bread malt. Finishes highly bitter. The extreme potency of the bittering hops are obscuring some of the earthy more balanced flavors of the smell. I am starting to taste a bready malt finish as the beer warms. The balance is a little off but the quality of the brewing is apparent. Definitely not a beginners Pilsner or even a classic representation of he Czech style but if you want a pilsner with some punch grab this. It lacks the metallic taste present in some mass market European pilsners.

Mouthfeel: Light slightly slippery with a warm alcohol presence. Definitely a tad too heavy to be a true Pilsner.

Overall: A good well constructed, fresh, affordable Pilsner style beer that may lack some balance but overall is satisfying.

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Noble hops, some sulfur, slightly grassy

L: Straw crystal clear yellow, white head that dissipates

T: Grainy and almost corn like sweetness followed by an herbal medium bitterness. Soft hoppiness persists finishing quite clean with just a touch of hops.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low bitterness

Fairly solid, classic soft malt bodied with just enough noble hops.

Photo of stckhndlr
2.14/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA
(Review is from notes)

A- Golden yellow with light head and poor lacing.

S- Hops, faint fruit. almost has no smell to me.

T- Dry hops bitter on the back end, not much happening. Very bland. Faint fruit again.

M- Dry, med to thin body.

D- Nothing impressive, can't say I would drink this again. Didn't even finish it.

Photo of ejimhof
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- pours a light yellow color lots of head retention and lots of lacing.

Smell- slight grassy aroma.

Taste- light bodied with a slight hop presence.

Mouthfeel- slightly crisp and dry but not in the league of Prima Pils and others.

Drinkability- a sessionable beer but not tops for the stye.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head pours big and mean yet deflates in little time, actually breaking apart in islands(?) on the surface. Light, yellow-gold color - right on. Sunbeam haze.

At about 5 months old, I'm sure the contents of this bottle has lost some of its hop zip (among other things). But, lo and behold, we still have a solid, vibrant floral (Saaz) hop presence, but yes some long-faded spice. Same could be said of the taste as well. The firm floral flavors are balanced nicely with a firm, full malty foundation, of which some residual sweetness lingers for a good stretch (damn, the floral lingers a heck of a lot longer though). Not necessarily the cleanest, crispiest feel, but still pleasant all the same.

The store I bought this at appears to have kept it in the fridge the whole time. But how many people on the east coast have heard of Gordon Biersch? Aside from probably loss of spice in the hop profile, I'd like to believe I caught this on the tail end of its quality window. Pretty decent. Definitely tastes like a faithful take on a Bohemian pilsner.

Photo of nezelrac
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - classic yellow-gold; pours with a thick 2 finger head with moderate persistence and thick lacing

S - good pils nose; a little bigger malt backing than anticipated; earthy and a little spicy

T - clean pale malt and noble hops followed by an earthy note and malty sweetness; all brought back in line by hops and yeast firmness

M - medium weight - perhaps a little big; good CO2

D - quite drinkable; session-worthy

Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on-tap and my review would be about the same as for this bottled version.

A= golden with big fluffy white head

S= more nose than usual for a Czech Pils, some nice hops florals and grassy malts with biscuity notes and even a slight prune-liquor hint, it seems. Light pepper or spicy ginger whiffs occasionally.

T= a boost over the traditional Czech Pils style which is usually not nearly as bold, they've cranked up each flavor a few notches. Somewhat dry and crisp, nice hops florals and some adequate bitters, nice grassy malts. Light banana hints early on.

M= slightly dry and crisp on the tongue with hints of the hops florals, and malt sweetness that could be lessened for my preferences.

D= session, probably good with most anything where Pils would work plus maybe with some roasted meats as well.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Out comes a beautiful-looking Pilsner with a big head and a crystal-clear golden hue. Herbal, floral and spicy hops aroma meets the dried hay-like malt. The fluffy and crisp light-to-medium body contains delicate hopping with a long, drawn out floral flavor. The maltiness packs a lot of flavor with bread and grassy tones. The hop bit- terness shows some sharpness and spice to balance this brew. An excellent go at the style with a bit more body and less crispness than expected. Still so very drinkable.

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clearish yellow, little head that followed down the glass

S- hints of malt and hops

T- hints of malts and hops

M- good, low carbonation, low on the palete

D- very drinkable

overall, if your at the restaurant, this beer wasn't bad, but again wasnt the bed Pilsner in the world, but was still a descent beer choice, worth a try

Photo of hangh
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow clear colored beer. It has a pretty clumpy head with some decent lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles after about 1 minute past opening. It has a clear bready smell. It is very mild though and hard to pick up unless you are almost touching it. Taste is like most pilseners. Some more eccentric hops at work here, not just traditional pils hops. I'm having trouble picking it out. It's medium bodied with medium carbonation. I'd say it's a decent beer, but not the beer I'd order if I wanted a pils

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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.